Cheri Bustos isn’t afraid of the insurgent left. The chairwoman of House Democrats’ campaign arm has found herself in a very messy — and public — spat with progressives over the past week and a half.Story Continued Below But the Midwestern moderate is refusing to budge, despite drawing ire from prominent progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who has encouraged her millions of social media followers to halt donations to the campaign committee in retaliation. “I’m pretty transparent, I don’t try to do things behind people’s back, I don’t try to mislead,” Bustos said in a brief interview Wednesday, when asked about the intraparty conflict. At issue is a new Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee policy that prohibits Democratic consultants and vendors from working for a primary challenger to a sitting incumbent if they want the lucrative business of the DCCC. That stance was considered an unwritten … [Read more...] about Cheri Bustos takes on the new left
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COMMENTARY Spring training passed sleepily in Fort Myers. Aside from word of Chris Sale’s new contract, and Steven Wright’s latest suspension, the biggest talking points of Red Sox camp were probably a pair of as-yet-mostly unanswered questions: Who’s handling what roles in the bullpen? And who’s going to the White House? That’s probably a good thing for a team returning, mostly intact, from resetting the franchise record for wins while winning a fourth World Series in 15 years — and now positioned to do what no big-league team has done in a couple of decades by winning back-to-back titles. That mission starts Thursday night in Seattle and continues over the six-month marathon that follows. Here are 19 things we’ll be watching as the 2019 season unfolds: 1. Opening day (and week, and trip) A year ago the Red Sox romped through spring training, then rolled that into a regular season start of 17-2. This year they wrapped up the exhibition season … [Read more...] about 19 things we’re looking forward to this Red Sox season
By Cara Kelly USA Today Wed., Feb. 13, 2019 The Instagram influencer as a species is easy to spot. Defined by their large social media followings, content from this class of marketers is typically awash with the flossy trappings of young money: trendy designer outfits modelled in exotic locations; marble countertops under carefully crafted flat-lays of pricey beauty products. Even the Instagram mavens with a grittier, every-girl style, all Polaroid grunginess, are dotted with on-brand T-shirts perfectly half-tucked into the hot jeans du jour. It’s enough to make even the most overstimulated perusers pause and say, “How much are they making off this, exactly?” The answer, if they play the game correctly, is a lot. A wealth of jaw-dropping figures emerged in 2018, from makeup vlogging virtuoso Jeffree Starr’s reported $18 million (U.S.) in yearly earnings, to fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni’s wedding, elaborately chronicled with the … [Read more...] about Fyre Festival to fashion week, how do Instagram influencers make so much money?
Progressivism: The wrong solution to the wrong problemIN the few short months since last November’s midterm elections in the US, it has become politically fashionable to condemn wealth as the root cause of all the world’s ills. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the immensely popular strident young congresswoman from New York, perfectly summed up the philosophy du jour in a recent interview, when she agreed that “a system that allows billionaires to exist is immoral.” “Wanting to be a billionaire and own more than millions of families combined is not an aspirational or good thing,” said Ocasio-Cortez, a former waitress who earned a job with a $174,000 salary and $1.57 million per year operating budget by convincing voters that it was, like, really unfair that some people have to work as waitresses. The big issue, according to “progressives” like AOC, as she’s popularly called, is wealth inequality. It is simply wrong, somehow, that some … [Read more...] about Progressivism: The wrong solution to the wrong problem